For some, the concept of the seven 'chakras' or energy centers in the body is a difficult one to embrace, yet it appears that science has managed to provide evidence to confirm their existence. Chakra points have been accepted by mystics, saints, wise men and yogis as part of our spiritual body for centuries, but Dr. Hiroshimi Motoyama, a scientist, Shinto priest and founder of the International Association for Religion and Parapsychology, has now been able to create a special instrument that is capable of detecting and measuring activity in chakra locations. The instrument has been able to identify minute electrical, magnetic and optical changes in test subjects when chakra points were activated.
Dr. Motoyama, who is also the founder of the California Institute for Human Science and who holds Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy and Physiological psychology from the Tokyo University of Literature and Science, was recognised in 1974 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as one of the world's foremost parapsychologists. His area of special interest is the scientific verification of previously untested spiritual concepts and practices, and over the past few decades he has carried out many significant research studies and experiments, including the work into chakra energies.
Many cultures, including Hindus and Buddhists, believe that an energetic system runs through the body and has significant chakra points. Chakra is a Sanskrit word, which roughly translated means "wheel", and this is thought to refer to the chakra's perceived vortex of rotating energy. Biologically, each chakra is located near an endocrine gland responsible for regulating hormonal response, but more esoterically they are believed to absorb energy from positive and negative influences, which include emotional responses and the energies from other people or environments. Some chakra systems contain twelve primary chakras, but generally the human body is considered to have seven major chakra points.
The chakra sites are thought to comprise the Base or Root chakra, located in the genital area; the Sacral chakra, found below the navel; the Solar Plexus Chakra, located just above the navel; the Heart Chakra, found between the breasts; the Throat Chakra, positioned in the hollow of the collarbone; the Third Eye Chakra, located slightly above and between the eyes, and the Crown Chakra is found on the top of the head. To verify the existence of these chakra points, Motoyama seated subjects in an electrostatically secure room lined with aluminium and lead sheeting embedded in the walls. Copper electrodes and photoelectric cells were placed near the body opposite chakra locations and responses were tested for a period of three minutes: one minute before the subject began a state of concentration, during one minute of concentration, and one minute after concentration.
Motoyama's equipment was able to detect a delicate light generated by increased chakra activity, though results varied from subject to subject. When an advanced yoga master was tested, the results were surprising, yet even more convincing, as his stomach chakra showed no reading at all, whereas his heart chakra reading was intensified. It transpired that the yogi was in the habit of meditating on his heart centre and did not routinely engage his stomach, or solar plexus, chakra. Motoyama conducted similar tests with 100 subject, and his findings led him to conclude "that mental concentration on a chakra activates it" [Motoyama, The Theories of the Chakras, p.274].
So if scientific experiments have provided some proof that bodily chakras exist, what of chakras in other living organisms? Our planet itself is regarded by many as a conscious and vibrant living entity; in Greek mythology, she was personified as "Gaia", the primeval divinity of earth that emerged at the dawn of creation with the other elements of air, sea and sky. Gaia is regarded as the ultimate mother from whom all gods were descended, the progeny of her unions with Ouranos, (the sky, Pontos, (the sea), and Tartaros, (the hell-pit), with Mankind being spawned of her earthly elemental body.
So does our living earth, or the Lady Gaia, have her own chakra points too? Ancient civilisations certainly believed that the earth had various significant energy centres, and sited sacred monuments accordingly in areas that were believed to contain vortexes of positive energy. In fact most early temples, churches and religious sites were placed in such places, as well as more notable structures such as Stonehenge in England, the Pyramids in Egypt and the Mayan, Aztec and Inca temples.
Early cultures believed that earth energies were similar to the human energy fields, a view still held by spiritual teachers and researchers of geomancy, the study of sacred geometry and ley lines, the electro-magnetic lines of alignment connecting sacred sites. Like the human etheric body, the earth's energy structure is believed to contain seven major Chakra sites located in each continent, although hundreds of minor earth chakras are to be found all over the planet.
The seven major earth chakra sites are generally regarded to be in the following locations:
1. Root chakra: Mt. Shasta, California, United States.
2. Sacral chakra: Lake Titicaca, on the border of Bolivia and Peru
3. Solar Plexus chakra: Uluru-Katatjuta, Australia
4. Heart chakra: Glastonbury and Shaftsbury, England
5. Throat chakra: Great Pyramid of Giza and Mt Sinai, Egypt; Mt of Olives, Jerusalem.
6. Third Eye chakra: Kuh-e Malek Siah, Triple border of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
7. Crown chakra: Mt. Kailas, Tibet.
These earth chakras are considered to be spherical in shape, and expand out in all three dimensional directions in a spiral motion, with a radius extending out for hundreds of kilometers. Their spin of may be clockwise or anti-clockwise, and there is a continuous interaction between the major and minor chakras through the earth energy field which is perceived as a matrix of connecting lines similar to the human circulatory and nervous systems. Where the lines intersect high energy vortices are formed, which are regarded as being either positive or negative.
Positive Vortices are believed to be found in The Himalayas, the Peruvian Inca territories and in Sedona, Arizona, amongst other places, whereas the Bermuda Triangle and the Devil's Sea, east of Japan, were identified as “Vile Vortexes” or “Electromagnetic Disturbances” by American biologist Ivan P. Sanderson.
The concept of Gaia as a living organism encompasses the belief that all living things on the planet are connected through a universal energy, and therefore our actions, as the dominant species, have consequences affecting all other beings on earth. Our modern lifestyle and the resulting pollution are thought to have had negative consequences on the delicate energetic balance, disrupting the harmonious rhythm of life on earth. As with human chakra centres, it is thought that Earth Chakras can become damaged or blocked with ramifications for the surrounding areas and the rest of the planet. To clear the blocked chakras, Ancient Druids and Shamanic cultures held festivals using sounds, drums and special songs to thank and heal “Gaia”.
Many academics have attempted to prove the existence of the Earth Energy Field, including a team of Russian researchers comprising historian Nikolai Goncharov, construction engineer Vyacheslav Morozov and electronics specialist Valery Makarov, who were able to determine that a geometric grid pattern existed interlinking various natural phenomena and creating a single planetary energy system.
Additional information was compiled by Professors William Becker and Bethe Hagens followed their predecessors’ results who charted an “Earth Energy Grid”. Their research moved Becker to state:
“... the Earth is really a living crystal being, with a geometric skeleton that could be mapped in its patterns of energy flows... in ocean currents, the winds, river systems, and distributions of precious minerals. It even seemed that ancient humans had known this sacred, hidden body of the Earth, and sited their civilizations to take advantage of her very visceral powers…”
Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare are authors of The Spine of Albion, a work culminating 15 years of research into the Belinus Line, Britain’s longest ley line which spans from the Isle of Wight at the base of England to Durness on the northern tip of Scotland. The hidden alignment connects six cities including the ancient former capitals of England and Scotland, geographical centres of power, and many famous prehistoric complexes.
Biltcliffe is an English researcher and investigator of earth mysteries, ancient civilisations and lost knowledge, and Hoare is a trained Geomancer; together they have travelled the world for over a decade researching history and ancient civilisations, and in particular, the "Belinus Line".
"Belinus Line connects with seven subtle energy centres in the British landscape that radiate a vital power which we believe are earth chakra points where people can connect with their environment to focus thought for positive change and to vitalise body, mind and spirit," Biltcliffe told Unknown Country. "Each of these seven energy points seem to act like transformers, receiving and sending energy through the body to aid nourishment and connection to spirit, each one having a unique role within that process."
That ancient sites were intentionally sited in sacred locations by our predecessors cannot be disputed, and Biltcliffe is convinced that some of these sites have energetic significance which could affect the spiritual development of both mankind and the earth:
"Some of these sites are quite obvious because of their legendary associations and unusual geology such as the Isle of Wight, the Uffington White Horse and Alderley Edge in Cheshire, "he said. "For instance the Isle of Wight sits at the base of Britain like a coccyx on the human spine. The human Base Chakra is according to mystics the hidden force of the Kundalini within, shaped like a coiled serpent; the east-west spine of hills on the Isle of Wight is like that of a serpent which if awakened can achieve spiritual enlightenment."
The detrimental effects of Man on our wonderful planet are well-documented: global warming, destruction of the rain forests, extinction of plant and animal species to name just a few. It is not such a huge mental leap to acknowledge that these effects might also have negative energetic consequences; we are all energetic beings after all, this is just plain physics and not from the realms of fantasy. So, if we are all connected so intricately, it seems that a good way to heal the planet might be to look inwards and first heal ourselves, to recognize ourselves as the glorious, profoundly energetic beings that we are, and to ensure that the energy we project into the world is positive and not negative.
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